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Abbe, Gloria A. - Lynden, Wa  
A Memorial Service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 900 E. Grover Street, Lynden, WA on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:00pm. A reception will follow. Memorials may be given to Hope Lutheran Church or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on May 20, 2015
Ahlstedt, Betsy "Mimi" - Lynden  
Betsy "Mimi" Ahlstedt of Lynden, WA passed away in peace and comfort in the early morning hours of April 24, 2015 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham. Betsy married Harold "Dude" Ahlstedt in Bellingham in June of 1946. Together they had two children, Rick and Kathy, who they lovingly raised in Bellingham. Betsy loved traveling, boating, golfing and playing cards with Dude and their many friends. Over the years, Betsy especially loved her family dogs. For many years, she and Dude enjoyed their home on Chuckanut Drive before moving to Lynden in 2000. Betsy was preceded in death by her husband Harold, grandchildren Wendy and Artie and brothers Jim and Hack. She is survived by her son Rick (wife Katy) Ahlstedt, daughter Kathy (husband Tim) Harvey, grandchildren Lisa, Jeff, Tracy, Sean, Nick and John; eight great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, sister Martha and many loving relatives and friends. The family would like to thank all of the good people at Meadow Greens who knew and cared for Mimi over the last five years, the nurses and staff at Lynden Christian Health Care Center, and the folks at St. Joseph's who took care of her in her final hours. A graveside service will be held at Greenacres Memorial Park at 12 Noon on Wednesday, April 29th, followed by a memorial service with reception at 1 PM at Westford Funeral Home in Bellingham. Memorials may be made to the Whatcom Humane Society, P.A.W.S, or Guiding Eyes for the Blind. You may share memories with the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Bellingham Herald from Apr. 25 to May 27, 2015
Andersen, Dominic Tyler - Bellingham  
Dominic Tyler Andersen, age 13, of Bellingham, passed away cradled in his mother's arms and surrounded by dad, sister Ava and special friend and caregiver Kathy Blackwell at home on Monday, April 20, 2015 from a lifetime of medical complications that stemmed from a micro-premature birth. Dominic was born on May 15, 2001 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. He was born at 24 weeks gestation, 16 weeks premature. He weighed 1lb, 10oz at birth and spent the first six months of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit at Swedish. His premature birth lead to many health and developmental obstacles that Dominic had to overcome each day of his life. Dominic had a deep love for life and people, especially his mom, who was everything to him. He loved live music and loved listening to his mom & sister play piano at home while he drummed along. The highlight of his summers was going to see Out of the Ashes play at Boundary Bay every Tuesday. Dominic loved going on car rides, and loved riding in dad's red truck. Dominic loved culture, seeing performances at Mount Baker Theater, listening to classical music, seeing live music at Elizabeth Park, and had a love for children's literature and film. Dominic had a large library of books, was proud of his stethoscope collection, and his unique view of the world around him was both entertaining and enlightening. Dominic is survived by his parents, Craig & Jennifer Schouten, and his younger sister, Ava Schouten of Bellingham, grandparents Clair & Corrie Schouten of Bellingham and Lee & Julie Andersen of Lynden, uncles Chad Schouten of Custer and Tyler (Jen) Andersen and cousins Chapin & Riley Andersen of Rhododendron, OR, and the many lives of those he touched. Dominic was a student in the Life Skills Special Education Program in the Bellingham School District, and enjoyed the opportunities to participate in Special Olympics bowling, pool therapy at Seattle Children's Hospital, and adaptive aquatics at Arne Hanna when his health allowed. His smile would light up a room, and his joy of life was unending. Despite uncountable medical interventions & hospitalizations, he lived his life with bravery, courage, and a happy heart. Although he could not talk, those around him witnessed how much communication is truly possible without speaking. Dominic's parents wish to thank the many health care, educational and developmental professionals who impacted his life. Special thanks to Dominic's longtime pediatricians in Bellingham: Dr. Scott McGuinness, Dr. M. Greg Thompson, and Dr. Lessli Putney. Heartfelt thanks to the many other doctors and nurses at Seattle Children's Hospital and PeaceHealth Medical Group Pediatrics who treated and cared for Dominic, plus numerous county and state agencies who worked on Dominic's behalf. A funeral and celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 2:00 PM, Cornwall Church, 4518 Northwest Dr., Bellingham, WA 98226 and will be officiated by Pastor Bob Marvel. There will be a complimentary espresso bar before the service in commemoration of Dominic's love of coffee outings along with appetizers and refreshments afterwards. Memorials in Dominic's name may be made to Seattle Children's Hospital Child Life Department, MS MA.4.121, PO Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98145-5005. Dominic was a fighter from the start, and he fought the good fight. Please share your thoughts and memories online at, www.sigsfuneralservices.com .
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Published in Bellingham Herald from Apr. 24 to May 27, 2015
Anker, Martin A. - Lynden  
Martin Anthony Anker, 85, of Lynden, Washington, went home to his Lord and Savior Sundy, April 19, 2015 at Lynden Manor. He was born to Jacob and Wilmpje Anker on March 15, 1930, in Woubrugge, Netherlands. After completing his agricultural schooling, Martin served two years in the Royal Dutch Air Force. In 1954, Martin married Janet Angenent and together they immigrated to Lynden, Washington, to pursue his dream of being a dairy farmer. They farmed over 38 years and raised their four children. Martin was very involved in his church as elder, deacon, and Sunday School teacher. He served on the boards of Cascade Christian Home and Ebenezer Christian School. In his retirement he volunteered for Friends of LC helping collect cardboard. Martin was passionate about making sure people were given the opportunity to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior even as he battled Alzheimer's. Martin is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Janet; four children, Jacob (Valerie) Anker; Harry (Darlene) Anker; Stanley (Heather) Anker all of Lynden; Pat (Greg) Heemstra of Rock Valley, Iowa; 12 grandchildren and numerous relatives the Netherlands. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Jacob and Wilmpje Anker; brother Gerrit Anker; sister-in-law Marry Anker; brother-in-law Wim Angenent. Memorial service will be Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2 P.M. at Faith Reformed Church in Lynden, Washington. Family burial at Monumenta Cemetary in Lynden will precede the Memorial service . Visitation hours will be at Gillies Funeral Home Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Lynden Christian School/Friends of LC, 417 Lyncs Dr., Lynden, WA 98264 or to Faith Reformed Church, 300 7th St. Lynden, Washington 98264. Condolences may be left for the family at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Bellingham Herald from Apr. 21 to May 20, 2015
Augustine, Michaelene R. - Lynden  
Michaelene Rose Augustine of Lynden, WA, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015 at the age of 76. Michaelene was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 27, 1938 to Ignatius and Genevieve (Grygiel) Filipek. She graduated from Riverside-Brookview High School in 1956 and went on to work for the William-Wrigoey Company as a secretary. Michaelene met and fell in love with Charles Augustine in church and were later married on July 12, 1958 in Brookfield, Ill. Together they have a son Todd. As a family, they moved around the United States and finally settled in Lynden in 2005. Michaelene was an avid gardener and cook. She loved animals and generously supported the Whatcom Humane Society. Michaelene was the loving wife of Charles for more than fifty-six years; and also leaves behind her son Todd; sister Virginia Stibbe; and several cousins in suburban Chicago. There are no services planned at this time. You are invited and encouraged to share your condolences and memories in the online guestbook at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lynden.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on May 17, 2015
Austin Ruiz, Diane Rene - Everson  
We lost our beloved wife, mother, daughter, friend on May 15.2015. Diane was born to Bobby and Suzanne McMurry Austin on October 20, 1967 in Bellingham where they lived until Bobby's death in 1971. Later, Suzanne married Gary Cooper, Making a home in rural Everson. As a youngster, Diane attended Vacation Bible School at Goshen Community Church. There she asked Jesus into her heart. At 19, she met Bob Ruiz. They fell in love and were together for the next 28 years. Bob and Diane Married in 1989 in Sumas. Their Children are Rebecca, Pete, Alisha, Tanya, and Austin. Her love and support for them was unwavering. For the first ten years of their marriage, Diane and Bob lived in Custer raising raspberries, sweet corn and their young family. They moved to Everson in 1999, where the family lives to this day in the childhood home of Diane's mother, She was especially close to her grandmother, Ellen Todd McMurry. Her best friend was her mom, Suzanne, with whom she talked every Sunday. Diane loved Jesus with all her heart . She had a kind, loving, and giving nature. Her many friends share our loss. Diane was a homemaker and in recent tyears also worked for Safeway in Lynden. Co-workers and customers showed us their love and appreciation of Diane. This has made us proud and given us comfort. Besides her father, Diane was preceded in death by stepfather Gary Cooper, grand parents Devona and Earl Austin and Hugh and Ellen McMurry. She is survived by her husband and children, mother, brothers Kevin(Stephanie & baby Spencer), Curtiss and Clayton Cooper, Bob's parents Henry and Joan Ruiz and their family, Austin Aunts Darlene, Jean and Uncle Ted, and all her McMurry aunts, uncles, and cousins. We will honor and celebrate her life at Services at 2 PM on Saturday, May 23rd at North County Christ the King Church in Lynden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HOPE FOR JUSTICE whose website is www.hope4justice.org or Christ the King Care at NCCTK Community Church.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on May 21, 2015
Bartee, Elizabeth L. - Bellingham  
Elizabeth Bartee, 91, died at 5:30 p.m. on May 4, 2015. Elizabeth was born June 15, 1923, to James Willie Latimer and Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Pickens in Lockesburg, Arkansas. Elizabeth grew up on a farm where she learned how to pick cotton. She attended a small country school with only 2 classrooms. Growing up she had 4 sisters and 1 brother and a multitude of cousins. Elizabeth married Major Bartee on August 18, 1944 in De Queen, Arkansas. After World War II, Elizabeth and Major moved to California where she raised 3 boys and worked part time for a jewelry store. Elizabeth enjoyed raising flowers in her yard in California. Throughout the years she and Major attended church at Temple Baptist Church in Norwalk, California; Beaty Avenue Baptist Church in Whittier, California; Temple Baptist Church in Fullerton, California; and Northwest Baptist Church in Bellingham, Washington. In 2001, she and Major moved to Bellingham, Washington to be near their grandchildren. Over the years, she travelled to Hawaii, Alaska, and other parts of the country. Elizabeth enjoyed her long happy life as a Christian and frequently spoke of being reunited with her loving husband of 64 years. Elizabeth is survived by her three sons (M. David and his wife, Janet; Mitchell and his partner, Richard; Bruce and his wife, Barbara) and her grandchildren, Alec Major and wife Rachel and Erin Rae. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Highland for their care of Elizabeth. Memorial Services will be held 2:30 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2015 at Northwest Baptist Church, 3545 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham, 98225. You may share memories with the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com
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Published in Bellingham Herald from May 7 to June 5, 2015
Barthel, Ramona Laura - Bellingham  
Ramona Laura Barthel, age 85, of Blaine passed away in Bellingham, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. A memorial service with reception following will be held Friday, May 15, 2015 1:30 PM, at Greenacres Chapel, 5700 NW Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248 with Pastor Jeff Grant officiating. To view a more complete obituary please log onto www.sigsfuneralservices.com
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Published in Bellingham Herald from May 10 to June 11, 2015
Chavre, Jo Ann Freed - Salt Lake City  
Jo Ann Robinson Freed Chavré May 23, 1931- May 8, 2015 Jo Ann Robinson Freed Chavré, a woman who loved life and lived it fully, died May 8, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT, surrounded by her family. She was 83. Jo Ann had a passion for the arts, a fierce commitment to social justice and equal rights for women, an unwavering loyalty to family and friends, and an insatiable curiosity about the world around her and the people in it. Jo Ann's rural Utah roots figured prominently in the remarkable woman she would become. She was born in Farmington, UT on May 23, 1931 to L.W. "Hap" and Jannetta Knowlton Robinson, into a family proud of its pioneer heritage. She grew up with four brothers?she was the middle child?in her ancestor's farmhouse on historic Clark Alley. Both she and her father were born there. Her Depression-era childhood was short on money but long on love and thoughtful guidance. Between her father's dawn-to-dark work ethic and her mother's careful and creative juggling of the family budget, somehow money was always "found" to support the children's personal development. For Jo Ann that meant lessons in piano, speech, dance and drama?skills that she honed in her many extracurricular activities at Davis High School. The Robinson family farm abutted Lagoon Amusement Park, so close that merry-go-round music resonated through the home. It was almost inevitable, then, that Jo Ann's first job would be at Lagoon. She was hired by park manager Robert Freed, one of the four Freed brothers who owned the park. The two became friends over several summers, friendship blossomed into love, and they married on March 25, 1950. Jo Ann and Bob had a lot on their plate?and they savored all of it. They were busy with Lagoon and many community commitments. Bob was a major force in the Civil Rights Movement in Utah and Jo Ann played an important role in local theater as a founding member of the University of Utah Theatre Guild. But their #1 priority was parenting their four sons?Mark, John, Paul and Christopher. The young Freed family spent time camping and water-skiing at Lake Powell, skiing at Alta and Park City, fishing and riding horses at the family cabin on the Weber River. At the home they built on East Capitol Boulevard, Bob and Jo Ann entertained friends from the theater as well as many of the headliners who performed at Lagoon. The boys' friends still ask them about the time the Beach Boys came to dinner. The idyllic life Jo Ann and Bob shared for 24 years ended in 1974 when Bob died after a long battle with cancer. Widowed at just 43, grieving but determined to forge ahead, Jo Ann returned to college to finish her undergraduate degree at the University of Utah (1978). She later received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the school. Through her involvement with the U of U Women's Resource Center she continued to expand her lifelong commitment to women's rights and equality. She co-chaired the center's 1975 conference where Gloria Steinem was the keynote speaker and she attended many international women's meetings?the First World Conference on Women in Mexico City (1975) and, as part of the UN Decade for women, conferences in Houston (1977) and in Nairobi, Kenya (1985). In 1977, Jo Ann served as staff coordinator of the United Nations-sponsored Utah International Women's Year conference in Salt Lake City, an event which would make national headlines. Jo Ann's contributions to the Utah arts community spanned many decades. As board chair of the Utah Arts Council she was a hands-on, involved leader who attended everything from art openings to cowboy poetry gatherings and, in the 1980s, represented the council at numerous regional and national meetings. She also was board chair of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Even as her involvement in social and civic issues grew, she remained focused on furthering her own education. In 1980 she earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree at New York University and in the mid-'80s she plunged enthusiastically into writing, the intellectual challenge and emotional outlet that would become the passion and joy of the rest of her life. She enrolled in writing workshops and retreats, wrote nonfiction pieces for Network and Rodeo Zone and, in 1994, earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Vermont College. That same year one of her short stories was selected for inclusion in the anthology "Walking the Twilight: Women Writers of the Southwest." She was delighted and flattered to find herself in the company of Barbara Kingsolver, Terry Tempest Williams, Sandra Cisneros, Pam Houston and other writers she'd long admired. Meanwhile, Jo Ann made time to get to know her neighbor two doors down, real estate broker Kumar Chavré. They married on August 7, 1980, and, while boating in the Pacific Northwest, fell in love at first sight with Lummi Island, WA. In 1985 they bought property on the water and designed and built a gorgeous sanctuary, spending spring, summer and fall in the San Juan Islands and returning to Salt Lake for the winter holidays. Kumar became the gentleman farmer, taming the pasture, growing lush vegetable crops, shepherding successive small menageries of sheep, chickens, ducks and other farm creatures. Jo Ann tended the flowers, harvested the crab pots, enjoyed weekly tennis matches and monthly writers' group meetings with friends in Bellingham. And she wrote, every day, from her loft overlooking Sunrise Cove. They had enjoyed 28 years together when, in 2008, Kumar collapsed and died while walking their beloved dog Chuck. Ironically Jo Ann's novel, "Blessings from Bombay," researched in part on a trip to India the couple took in search of Kumar's father's birthplace, was published just a few months after Kumar's death. Widowed again at 76, and terribly lonely without Kumar, Jo Ann continued to return annually to Lummi with Chuck, but for shorter periods as she began to experience serious balance issues and dementia. Still she remained optimistic and resilient, continuing work on her memoir, published in 2012. Her last year was spent at Sunrise Senior Living center, where she formed an immediate connection with a woman who would become her constant companion and dear friend, Woody Renzetti. The two women were inseparable until a fast-growing lymphoma, diagnosed two weeks ago, took Jo Ann's life. Jo Ann is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert E. Freed and their son who was born prematurely, husband Kumar Chavré, and brother Rick and his wife (Gwen Larkins). She is survived by: her four sons, Mark (Robin Hughes), John (Karen Hanks), Paul (Kindra Roundy), and Christopher (Janie Anderson); stepdaughter Anne Chavré (Don Stevens) ; grandchildren Dylan, Alexis, Cameron (Amelya Witzel), Brandy (Andy Christensen), Tappia (Ray Infanger), Brittney (Jory Wright), Kailey (Kyler Mitton), Jasmine (Tyler Gust), Destry, Pace, Shelby (Nic Ellsworth), Robin and Reed; nine great-grandchildren; brothers Stephen (Marion Adams), Clark (Dee Ann Carling), and David (Leslie Bell); and many dear friends in Utah and the Pacific Northwest. A celebration of Jo Ann's life will be held Friday, May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus (park in the lot west of the stadium and enter through the southwest door, Gate C). She has donated her body to the University of Utah Body Donor Program. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions in Jo Ann's name to the University of Utah Women's Resource Center, 200 S. Central Campus Drive, SLC, UT 84112, to fund scholarships for non-traditional women students (women who have been away from their education and want to return to the classroom to earn a college degree).
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Published in Bellingham Herald from May 13 to June 11, 2015
de, la Cruz Roque G. - Bellingham  
Roque G. de la Cruz, 92, of Bellingham, passed away May 19, 2015. A Viewing will be held Saturday, May 23, from 3-6pm with a reception, service to follow at 6pm at Moles Farewell Tributes - Bellingham. Further arrangements are pending. Share your memories at www.molesfarewelltributes.com
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Published in Bellingham Herald on May 21, 2015
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